STUSU Briefs – Nov. 20th

STUSU reports seven thousand dollar deficit
A week after reporting a budgeted surplus of $197, STUSU is reporting a $7,716 deficit. This drastic change in expectations for the year results from STU confirming enrollment numbers. The 2,376 full time students enrolled is 99 less than what STUSU had projected when the budget was made at the beginning of the summer.

$5,000 budgeted for Winter Formal
Half of the $10,000 budgeted for activities this year is being allocated for the Winter Formal. The event is planned for Dec. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Thomists will be playing at the event. More details will be available next week.

Concert committee report released
John Hoben presented a report from the concert committee at Thursday night’s meeting. It included recommendations for future councils. The main problem the concert committee had was lack of experience.

New committees
Four new ad hoc committees were created at Thursday night’s STUSU meeting. The committees will study a variety of issues raised at previous meetings this year and report their findings to council in the winter semester.

Ad hoc committee to review the emergency bursaries program
This committee will review the structure, results, effectiveness, and criteria of the emergency bursaries program and report back to council by March 21. Alex Driscoll, Emily Sheen and Luke Robertson will all sit on the committee with the VP student life elect, John Hoben, Jono House, and the general manager of the SRC.

Ad hoc committee on the accumulated surplus
This committee will primarily be looking for a way to make money for the SRC from the accumulated surplus. The surplus has approximately $100,000 from previous years and has been used by previous unions to cover budgeted deficits and supplement the emergency bursaries program. Alex Carleton and Megan Aiken were chosen to sit on the committee with John Hoben, Fin Mackay-Boyce, and the general manager of the SRC. They will report back to council by March 21.

Ad hoc committee on implantation of online voting
STUSU is currently the only students’ union in New Brunswick which holds its elections by paper ballot. Over the summer a consensus was reached that council is in favour of making the move. This committee will study online voting and report back to council with an “Online Voting Act” by Jan. 17. James Rouse and Henri Thibeau were chosen to sit on the committee with John Hoben, Fin Mackay-Boyce and the chief returning officer.

Ad hoc committee on staffing structure.
This committee is going to review the role of students’ union staff. The employees unionized last year which created a jump in the cost of staffing for the STUSU. The committee will report back to council by Feb. 21.

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